MCN takes you be­hind the scenes of the big­gest – and cra­zi­est – en­durance race on Earth

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - SIMON PAT­TER­SON MO­TOGP RE­PORTER simon.pat­ter­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­ @Mc­n­sport­mo­tor­cy­cle­news

It can be hard for a home- grown Bri­tish race fan to get their heads around the Suzuka 8-Hour event, for one ma­jor rea­son – the sheer lu­nacy of it.

Tens of thou­sands of ra­bidly pas­sion­ate fans, a cul­ture to­tally alien to what we are used to in the West, plus some of the world’s fastest rac­ers bat­tling in the dark make it a race meet­ing that needs to be seen to be be­lieved.

We’ve picked a few high­lights that give you an idea of how crazy the place re­ally is...

You don’t pick your seat at Suzuka based on which rider you’re cheer­ing on but which factory – lead­ing to in­cred­i­ble dis­plays like this! Leon Haslam tucks into a lunch far re­moved from what you’re go­ing to find in a burger van at Cad­well Park Meet Pa­trick

There’s some­thing for all ages at the 8- Hour – some­thing helped by the cir­cuit’s on-site theme park, water park, plus mul­ti­ple karting and min­i­moto tracks No, you’re not look­ing at a car­toon... even the grid girl cos­tumes at Suzuka are far more elab­o­rate than any­thing you’d see at any race out­side of Ja­pan

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